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♪ >> this is "bbc world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and hong kong tourism board. >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spots? i will show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll. it's a perfect, stunning backdrop for making romantic moments unforgettable.
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i have lived in the city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it time and again. >> and now, bbc world news america. you will katty: this is bbc world news america, reporting from washington. the u.s. presidential campaign gets even odd or. mitt romney rips into donald trump. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. >> this is a failed candidate, he failed. he failed horribly. katty: a truce in syria, but after years of war we are there where many are asking how long will it last. and move over, oscars. the drone film festival is in town. this weekend it is in new york
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with the best shots from above. welcome to world news america. they call politics a contact sport. today in america it felt more like hand-to-hand combat. first, mitt romney, the republican presidential pick in 2012, went right after donald trump, calling him a phony, "he doesn't have the temperament to be president." then trump shot back, calling him a failed candidate who choked on his own campaign. edifying it was not. our north american editor followed at all. >> four years ago he was the republican candidate for president. today mitt romney was doing his best to destroy donald trump's bid for the same office. , allwas a full frontal
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guns blazing, no holds barred assault. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. he's playing the members of the american public for suckers. he gets a free ride to the white house and all we get is a lousy hat. think of donald trump's personal qualities. the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd, third grade theatrics. but it wasn't always like that. back in 2012, mitt romney was happy to accept donald trump endorsement and he was happy to give it. >> he is tough, sharp, smart. he's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love. reporter: it's hard to believe
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mr. trump and mr. romney will be exchanging christmas cards. backed him. you can see how loyal he is. he was begging for my endorsement. he was begging. these tv ads are not from the democratic party. they have been paid for by conservatives. they're running extensively in ohio in florida. this is seen as the last chance to stop donald trump's relentless march to the nomination. katty: remember were talking about the election for the world 's economy and the world's biggest military. i spoke with a republican strategist a short time ago. this is the election for the
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u.s. presidency and sometimes it sounds like a schoolyard bully. >> that's exactly right. it's like watching a wrestling match or something like that. i've never seen anything like it. this is very high stakes you have an establishment versus donald trump. i think what mitt romney's press conference did today will only help donald trump. if you liked donald trump, you love him now. establishment,e you will hate them even more so. katty: what is mitt romney trying to achieve? a call to arms, especially with the donor community. people who have deep pockets and millions of dollars that could fund the super pacs who are aditrust, who could fuel the to stop his rise in the polls. katty: why not do it earlier?
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>> that is a great question. where were they? recently they still are not accepting the fact that donald trump could be their nominee, that marco rubio could be there establishment candidate and he could end up beating donald trump, but that did not happen. katty: do you think it's too late to stop donald trump becoming the nominee of your party? >> we will know after march 15. we will know very quickly. he's starting to sew it up, there is no question about it. on march 15, with the ohio and florida primaries, i think he will have a good shot at clinching the nomination. the strategy seems to be keep the others in the race as long as possible so they chip away at donald trump's ability to get to that magic majority which of delegates, and
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case you go to the republican party in july with no clear winner. is that a risk that they can take? >> it's very risky. having all these candidates is what helped donald trump in the first place. he never broke 40% in the state polls. if you have just a two-person race, marco rubio might have beaten donald trump. but you had jeb bush and john kasich in there. at the same time, donald trump has admitted that if he ran as a third-party candidate, he would be the loser, and he doesn't like losing. you'redescribe to me how feeling as a republican at the moment. >> i'm very confused and disappointed with our party right now. we need a clear candidate we can get behind to win the election.
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don't risk your lives and your money trying to come to europe. that's the blunt message for would be economic migrants from the president of the european council. this comes as more than 25,000 migrants are left stranded in greece. we report from the greek/macedonian border. >> where greece meets macedonia a growing number of people have , had enough. they want to move on, but can't. so today, they protested. ever since the tear gassing incident on monday, it has been fairly quiet when it comes to protests, but today they flared up again, with the migrants blocking the main railway track and calling for a greater flow of people across the border. this could go one of two ways -- either it breaks up peacefully or the police will move in. >> my brother is sick. everything here is disgusting. i don't feel like a human being
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anymore, because i sleep in the middle of nowhere. reporter: most here are syrians and iraqis who say they are refugees fleeing war, but these mainly moroccan men i met at a service station are described by eu leaders as economic migrants, told today not to waste their time and money trying to get to europe. this 26-year-old, who wanted to remain anonymous, had this message. >> i think people would like to come here, but we are told don't come, don't lose your money, your job, your family. reporter: back at the border, the demonstration ended peacefully. the primitive living conditions here are taking their toll. the children especially are sick. this syrian family has a nine-year-old who is diabetic.
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six-month-old twins who they have been told shouldn't travel any further. a trickle of people crossing the migrant trail is just about keeping hopes alive here. this crush developed when we were at the border gate this afternoon. >> it's terrible. everyone just wants to cross, and everyone is pushing. making it tough for everyone. reporter: discouraging economic migrants is one thing, but nearly all of these people don't fall into that category -- they are europe's problem, and current plans to deal with them just aren't working. danny savage, bbc news. katty: as we said, the key to reducing the flow of migrants into europe is ending the conflict in syria. today, the u.n. set a cease-fire, now in its sixth day, is fragile but appears to be holding.
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steve rosenberg has been embedded with russian forces in the north of syria. he has been taken to a village and to the suburbs north of damascus. here's his report. reporter: sometimes, even the russian army needs a little extra help. we've been given a local escort for a russian peace mission. we have headed to the mountains of syria's holmer province. they want to show us how they are encouraging peace and reconciliation here. our destination -- until recently, this village was under rebel control. but the village elders have agreed to sign a declaration of peace with moscow and president assad. the middleman who negotiated this is a local sheik.
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he's pro-moscow, and he has been helping the russians do deals like this across the province. he is not only will respected here, he is well armed. he has a private army. in syria, the difference between war and peace isn't always clear. thanks to the russians, there is a truce in syria. and now they are helping us achieve reconciliation. deal done, the residents are given humanitarian aide and the chance for a checkup with the russian army doctor. >> how do you end a civil war which has left a quarter of a million people dead and destroy the country? >> in small steps. village by village. >> on a russian military plane, we are taken to the syrian capital to experience reconciliation there. as we approach central damascus, we see destruction, but no fighting.
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today the u.n. said the cessation of hostilities in syria was holding, but only just. success, it said, was not guaranteed. syria says europe should be praying for peace here. >> if it fails, maybe there will be more terrorists and they may bomb here. reporter: we're brought to another district. they charge as soon as we get out of the car. this town, too, has signed a declaration of peace with the russians. but it is a fragile peace. but are there still revels in the town? >> in the town? yes, there are rebels in the town.
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reporter: you cannot have reconciliation without trust, and there are still many in who don't trust the government enough to believe this war is about to end. steve rosenberg, bbc news. katty: a country in which trust is in very short supply with huge consequences. a quick look of news around the world. the north korean leader has ordered the country's nuclear weapons to be made ready for use at a moments notice. he is also quoted as saying the country will revise its military posture so it can be ready to carry out redemptive attacks because enemies are threatening the state survival. the south african athlete oscar pistorius is being denied the right to appeal against his conviction for murder. he was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend in february, 2013. he will return to court in april
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and faces a minimum of 15 years in prison. the united nations says at least 50,000 people have been killed in south sudan's two-year civil war. more than 2 million have been forced from their homes by the conflict, which began when the vice president fell out with the president. they say it has devastated wildlife. world'swhich is the seventh largest economy, suffering the effects of falling commodity prices and sluggish global growth as well as high inflation back at home. of aircraft debris that washed up in mozambique is to be sent to australia for examination. the aim is to see if it's part of the missing malaysia airliner
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that disappeared two years ago. karen allen reports from mozambique. ofwe're just off the coast mozambique where what is thought to be a piece of plane wreckage was washed ashore. by an american amateur adventurer he's been scouring beaches in the indian ocean trying to find pieces of the missing flight. boat and he and the captain went out to try and see if they could find any piece of wreckage. at this stage there has been no confirmation. the malaysian authorities believe it is a piece of the plane and the australian authorities who are examining the piece of wreckage believe it is a piece of the tail. they say the discovery here in this part of the world is consistent with the drift patterns they have been tracking.
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just to give you a sense of geographical perspective, 2000 here is wheret of the only piece of wreckage discovered last year, a piece of the wing, was discovered. so this is an important development. for the families of the people aboard that flight, it may possibly offer a clue to what remains one of the biggest ministries in aviation history. katty: karen allen reporting therefrom mozambique. come, floated like a butterfly and stone like a be. now a new exhibition celebrates the boxing great muhammad ali. new zealanders have begun voting in a referendum on whether to replace the national flag. supporters of the new flag argue that the current one is a colonial relic. others say the whole exercise is a waste of money.
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>> new zealanders will often tell you there's is a land that has it all. many bry to see why so its chose to settle here after was colonized two centuries ago. what the clock that's what the country lacks, according to some, is a flag it could call its own. the presence of the union jack harking back to an era that for many is long gone. >> it represents the fact that we're an independent country. alternative, but new zealand's biggest flag makers are already preparing in the country boats for change. the design was chosen in an earlier referendum. gone is the union jack. i think there a real passion to own our own flag. that's why we are seeing the change.
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kiwime feel the current flag is too similar to that of their australian neighbors. to those who are not sure, it new zealand's is the one on the left. the flat referendum has opened up a debate about new zealand -- new zealand's identity. it is an increasingly diverse country and has a substantial population. about 70% of the people here have british roots and about a quarter are entitled to british citizenship through their ancestors. so clash between the old world and the new. polls suggest new zealanders will opt for this data's quote. but the results will not be known until the in the the month. -- end of the month. he's arguably the greatest sportsmen of all time and muhammad ali himself was not shy of saying so. tomorrow, an exhibition
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accelerating his extraordinary life opens in london. >> if they get in my way i confuse them with the shuffle. reporter: he's up to his old tricks, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a beat. that is when he was in his prime. he's still fighting. the parkinson's disease which to ill toed him travel, but the muhammad ali show goes on. his wife gave me to her. -- his wife gave me a tour. elvis presley presented him this rope in las vegas. it is all bejeweled and he had it especially made for mohammed. >> there are photos of plenty.
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ande is a symbol of hope inspiration. just african-americans, but to all people. he felt it was -- he felt it was his duty to take his celebrity and use it for the betterment of people who could not lift themselves up, regardless of lor. >> a contemporary british heavyweight started a campaign for muhammad ali to be awarded an honorary knighthood. >> he is the greatest in his field. i don't believe there's any other sportsmen who is on his level in any way, shape, or form. what he believed in inside his sport and out side of it. the amount of people he's touched around the world and the people he's inspired. reporter: and entertained. i said what happened to all
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the black angels when they took the pictures? [laughter] >> what would it mean to him to be given knighthood? >> i know he would be ecstatic. reporter: he has become a cultural icon, as famous for his oratory as he was for his glove work. celebrating muhammad ali. some of us may still be recovering from the oscars but we're about to take you to an art festival breaking new ground, or new air. new york city host a celebration of the best films shot with drones. it's a growing field and it's gaining international attention. we have gone along to see some of the highflying productions, hoping to win a prize. >> people have a lot of trepidation about drones. i don't know whether it is because of the word drone and its association with war and killing. that's not what we use. we use drones for art.
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i started the drone film festival -- i shoot a lot of aerial art myself, and i was looking for a place to submit my work. their just were nine. since i started, it has taken on a different role as a liaison between art and people's acceptance of drone technology. there's so many different subjects. volcanoes, sharks, buildings, landscapes. that's what is fun and exciting about it. people are finding new ways to shoot amazing things with drones. >> i'm definitely just a hobbyist, strictly for fun. this is my phantom 3. this is the camera. i have a remote at home with a screen that allows me to see everything the camera sees. greystone was a psychiatric built in
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i got very close to greystone, and sometimes we would see some of the patients who escaped. it was very eerie. a lot of people in the area were afraid of it. it's getting demolished in this is something you want to document. my vision from the beginning was to have it backwards. a lot of people did not want to see it it taken down, so i thought one final tribute to greystone, to have it built back up. >> logistically, permissions for filling of drones are difficult. you have to file at the faa, make sure your local permissions are set, you have to fly five miles away from an airport. there's a bunch of rules you have to follow, but they're all doable. it's not that prohibitive. the technology around drones has gotten so much better. the gps holds, the follow-me functions, all the functionality with drone technology has gotten way better in general. that being said, it still
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requires a really good eye in order to get great footage. that's something technology doesn't have anything to do with. two giant pandas have arrived in south korea on a special chartered lane from china. they are a gift from china to promote good relations. they will live in an amusement park outside the south korean capital of soul. loansinese government endangered pandas to foster closer ties with allies. it's a policy that's been referred to in the past as panda diplomacy. hope these two get to stay a little bit longer. that brings the program to a
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close. you can find the day's news on our website. i'm katty kay. from all of us here, thanks for watching. tune in again tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and hong kong tourism board. >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spots? i will show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll. it's a perfect, stunning
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backdrop for making romantic moments utterly unforgettable. i have lived in the city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it time and again. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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